Detroit Lions 2012 Draft: Grading the Selection of Dwight Bentley

Nick Kostora@@nickkostoraContributor IIIApril 27, 2012

Dwight Bentley is a perfect third round selection for the Detroit Lions in the 2012 NFL Draft.

The cornerback position has depth concerns and after the departure of Eric Wright in free agency, the need only grew.

Bentley is likely to step into the nickelback/dime role for the Lions right away and can certainly develop into a role opposite Chris Houston.

His 4.43 40-time shows that he has top end speed and can run with the elite speed that NFL wideouts offer.

The pick of Ryan Broyles in the second round came as a surprise, but Bentley is a guy that had second round potential and is a solid value pick in the third round.

I suppose if these picks had been flipped no one would be complaining, and Bentley will be a durable weapon in the secondary.

He is slightly undersized at 5'10" 182 lbs., but he is a fluid athlete who will battle with opposing receivers.

Bentley's form tackling certainly needs work and he could afford to add some healthy weight to his frame, but these are minor gripes with a player that can help the Lions from the second he is added to the depth chart.

Detroit could use more help in the secondary and bringing in a safety later in the draft would not come as a surprise.

Other good cornerbacks remain on the board as well and the Lions could add more depth to the position if the value feels right.

Overall Grade: B+

Bentley addresses a clear need for Detroit and brings depth and value to a Lions backfield that craved it.

He is not an every down corner just yet, but will be a solid nickel/dime player in the meantime.

This is a good pick that answers one of the Lions questions heading into the draft.

(On a side note: it is fun to mention that Bentley was a high school teammate of Janoris Jenkins, another cornerback prospect in this draft.)